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Summer Youth Intensive: SYI Video Contest

The COC is excited to announce the SYI Video Contest!

If you are 13 to 18 years of age, you have the chance to win a scholarship to attend the second week of Summer Youth Intensive (SYI) plus BMO Financial Group Student Dress Rehearsal tickets for the entire 2012/2013 season!

The contest begins today, June 19, 2012 and ends on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Get your video up early so that you have more time to share it with friends!

Contest details are available here.


SYI is a two-week program that gives youth between the ages of 13 and 18 the unique opportunity to learn about the various aspects in opera from professional artists. Week one focuses on skills and techniques, allowing participants to develop as emerging artists. In the second week of the program, participants get an intimate look at creating and producing an opera by exploring libretto writing (writing the text of an opera), musical composition, and design. Participants will create an opera from the ground up and present it to family and friends at the end of the week.

More information regarding the Summer Youth Intensive is available here. Registration is available for both weeks for $350, or register for only Week One or Week Two for $200.

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2012/2013 Artist Basics: Anna Christy

What she's singing with us: Anna Christy will be singing the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. She plays a young, fragile woman hovering on the boundary between sanity and breakdown who is forced into a marriage with a man she does not love.

Where you might have seen her: She's sung Lucia at the English National Opera, in the same gothic David Alden production you'll be seeing on our stage. She's particularly noted for dazzling, high-flying coloratura roles like Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann (which she sung at the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (which she sung at the Lyric Opera of Chicago).

Interviews and profiles: In this interview with Opera Brittania, she talks about the visceral effect of a beautifully-sung high note or gorgeous lyric phrase: "it’s not just something you hear, you also feel it, you sit up on the edge of your seat and it fills you with excitement. That for me is what’s special and unique about bel canto opera." 

Sneak preview: The Opera Critic has an excellent photo gallery of the production of Lucia di Lammermoor we'll be presenting (where Anna Christy also sung the title role), as well as a collection of reviews.

Christy shows off her coloratura chops – and a hot pink costume – in this famous aria from Leonard Bernstein's Candide, "Glitter and be Gay." Robert Carsen's production directly invokes Marilyn Monroe's iconic performance of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend," and Christy gives the audience her best Marilyn (if Marilyn were an operatic soprano).

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Busy summer for four new Ensemble Studio members

(L to R) Claire de Sévigné, Cameron McPhail, Sasha Djihanian and Owen McCausland performing at the 2011 inaugural Ensemble Studio Competition. Photos: Chris Hutcheson © 2011

The inaugural Ensemble Studio Competition in November 2011 was the first time that final auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio were open to a public audience. Out of 10 talented finalists competing that evening in front of a sold-out crowd at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, four were selected to join the 2012/2013 Ensemble Studio. Before they officially join us in mid-August, the four singers have busy summers ahead of them. Here is a quick preview of their summer projects:


(L) Sasha Djihanian and (R) Owen McCausland 

Sasha Djihanian competed in the Montreal International Music Competition in early June, and now moves on to the Castleton Festival in Washington, DC, to sing Micaëla in Lorin Maazel's production of Carmen. She then spends time in Chautauqua, NY, for coachings and to work in her repertoire.

Owen McCausland sings Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland at the end of June. After a relaxing July, Owen travels to Prince Edward Island to perform a recital at the Indian River Music Festival on August 4.


(L) Cameron McPhail and (R) Claire de Sevigne   

Cameron McPhail completed his Masters degree from Yale and finished his first production of The Rape of Lucretia as Tarquinius with Yale Opera in late spring. Summer takes him to Santa Barbara, CA, where he sings Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress as a fellow at Marilyn Horne's Music Academy of the West

Claire de Sévigné sings the role of Oksana G. with Tapestry New Opera in their ongoing workshop of The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G in June, along with current Ensemble Studio member Christopher Enns. At the end of June, Claire travels to Aspen, CO, to sing and train at the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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